School groups and trips

Whether you're looking for an end of term treat for the kids or an educational trip, we've got it covered.

We’ll take the hassle out of organising your school trip.

We’ve got a schools information pack prepared for teachers which includes all the required risk assessments. We can make up food or ice cream vouchers for your visit. And we offer a fabulous discounted rate for school groups.

The educational opportunities at Folly Farm are endless. From listening to our public zoo talks to having hands-on encounters in the Jolly Barn, there’s always something to learn. But you can enhance your school visit by booking a school talk or a tour of the Jolly Barn which links into curriculum topics for KS1 and KS2. We offer the following talks and tours:

Zoo talks – ‘Habitats’, ‘Africa’ and ‘What’s for Dinner?’ talks.
Farm talks or tours – ‘Discovery Farmyard’ tour of the Jolly Barn, ‘Love your pets’ talk.

We’re sorry but we don’t offer tours of the zoo because it’s spread over such a large area.

How do I make a booking?
That’s simple, just call us on 01834 812731 with approximate numbers for your school group and we’ll send you a confirmation email.

Penguin viewing on a school trip

Here’s how we can help make your day go as smoothly as possible:

  • We have a small amount of secure school locker crates, which can be booked for bags and coats.
  • Coach drivers are offered free entrance and a £5 food voucher.
  • We’ve got an undercover picnic area available for you in case the weather is poor.
  • Funfair tokens can be ordered in advance to fit your budget.
  • Goodie bags are available and can be made up to fit your budget (minimum spend of £2.50).

School visit terms and conditions

  1. Our special school rate applies to school, meithrin and Flying Start groups only.
  2. We’re happy to offer this rate on weekdays during school term times.
  3. We ask schools to pre-book their visit in advance by calling 01834 812731.
  4. We offer our adult school rate to college and university students but we’re sorry the free adult ratio doesn’t apply.

Please read our full terms and conditions.

Zoo Membership

We're proud to be members of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). Our membership means we share knowledge with leading zoos across the UK and Europe, and we learn from them too.